Stop ruining our town
Every week I read with horror, as your newspaper reports on countless “improvements” to Ashford.
Over the years there have been so many changes to our once peaceful market town. It is impossible to imagine what the future may hold.
Too many supermarkets, do we really need more? Already too many houses, new and office block conversions. Who is going to come to Ashford (who would want to!)
Where is there enough employment to support the many thousands who supposedly will flock here?
No longer the large companies – for example the railway works, employed hundreds and made Ashford – which are gone for ever.
Is Ashford Borough Council on the threshold of madness? Two steps forward and one back. Stop trying to destroy the old Ashford. We have a history that goes back many hundreds of years. Your local historian Steve Salter knows more about Ashford’s history than the majority of councillors.
Sorry, but I hate the Ashford of today. The only place I visit is my bank, and that not often. Stop trying to turn Ashford into something it has never been. The character has gone for ever. S. Knight, Stubbs Cross, Ashford has also led to an “exodus” of staff from Kent hospitals fall far short of your usual high standards of honest, accurate and impartial reporting.
Taking the Stack threat first. I did not live in the county prior to the 1975 referendum which effectively took the UK into the EU – albeit under the guise of joining the European Economic Community; had the British public been told the truth then, I suspect we would not be going through such a bitter divorce now as we would never have joined – so cannot comment on how jammed the roads were then when border controls were much stricter.
I moved here in 1991, so can remember motoring life before Schengen rules were applied in 1995 and don’t recall non-stop Stack. So why now?
A quick Google check on Oxera, who wrote the report, highlights their close ties with Europe, so their impartiality has to be questioned.
As for EU Nationals leaving local hospitals, I’m sure they did but in the absence of any figures covering how many were taken on in the same period, the article is skewed and therefore questionable. L. D. Goddard, Ashford
So it looks like the KE – along with the FT and BBC – has joined Operation Fear: Permanent Operation Stack, increased border checks, EU staff leaving the NHS (August 3)
None of this has been decided yet, the negotiations have only just started and whoever said that EU citizens will have to leave the UK when we left the EU, no one!
We voted to leave the EU last year and since then the Remoaners have not let up trying the thwart the will of the British people.
We are leaving the Single Market because leaving the EU we can no longer be members, we are leaving the Customs Union so we can set up trade deals with the countries around the world who are lining up to do such deals with us, and we will no longer be under the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice so that we are in charge of our own laws at the end of March 2019.
The EU is a diminishing market for us, racked with bureaucracy with a failing currency. Why go down with a sinking ship? Mick Carr, Kingsnorth
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